AFA E-Newsletter June 28, 2018
AFA Awards Grant to Stony Brook Medicine to Investigate Development of More Targeted Treatment
AFA recently awarded over $206,000 in funding to Stony Brook University/Stony Brook Medicine for an innovative new research project aimed improving treatments for Alzheimer's disease. The Stony Brook research team is using Positron Emission Tomography (PET) imaging to study neurons which play a key role in memory to make medications more effective, find new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and reverse the damage it causes to memory. It has the potential to impact millions of lives for the better.
AFA Awards College Scholarships to 2018 Teens for Alzheimer's Awareness Scholarship Essay Contest Winners!
AFA recently awarded $30,000 in college scholarships to high school students across the country who have been impacted by Alzheimer's disease.

To date, AFA has awarded nearly $250,000 in college scholarships since the program's inception. AFA is very proud to announce the winner of our 2018 Teens for Alzheimer's Awareness Scholarship Essay Contest is Laurence Crandon of Clarksville, Maryland!

Laurence, who will be receiving a $5,000 college scholarship, wrote about how his grandfather's battle with Alzheimer's disease changed his and his family's lives.

We thank the thousands of high school seniors across the country who submitted entries into the contest and hope that each of them will continue to be strong advocates for the millions of families affected by the disease in the years to come.
AFA on Capitol Hill
AFA recently visited Washington D.C to meet with federal representatives to discuss the need for continued funding increases for research toward a cure or better treatment for Alzheimer's disease, along with greater support for family caregivers. AFA appreciates the time policymakers took to discus these important issues.

You can contact your federal representatives as well to urge them to do the same. Find your Congressperson and US Senators here:

Congressional representative:
US Senators:
Senator Shelley Moore Capito-West Virginia
Senator Chuck Schumer-New York
Congressman Brett Guthrie-Mississippi
Senator Roger Wicker-Mississippi
Congressman John Garamendi-California
Congressman Thomas Suozzi-New York
June is Dementia Care Professionals Month!
Dementia Care Specialist
June is Dementia Care Professionals Month, where we recognize the individuals who tirelessly care for people living with dementia. Day in and day out, they give of themselves completely to provide quality and compassionate care. To each and every hardworking dementia care professional, AFA says a heartfelt
"thank you!"

AFA supports professional caregivers through professional training programs to help them learn best practices for dementia care and deliver the best possible care to individuals living with dementia-related illnesses.
Member Spotlight

305 West End Assisted Living is a senior living community located in New York City which provides high quality care and a variety of services tailored to residents living independently and those needing assistance, including two floors fully dedicated to caring for those with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

Executive Director Faraz Kayani said, “Our compassionate staff is here to ensure that residents receive the very best care. Our standards are high, so we’re confident that we will meet and exceed your expectations of senior living.”

Earlier this month, 305 West End partnered with AFA to create The Teal Room: Memory Cafe' for individuals living with a dementia-related illness and their caregivers. The Cafe' is hosting a series of interactive, engaging programs designed to help participants have fun, enjoy themselves and socialize in a dementia-friendly environment. Upcoming activities, which are free and open to the public, include dancing and music therapy.
Check out the newest issue of AFA Care Quarterly!
The latest edition of AFA's Care Quarterly came out earlier this month!

AFA Care Quarterly is AFA’s free magazine for caregivers of individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and related illnesses.

The new issue features stories about wandering, pet therapy, federal Alzheimer's policy, travel tips for caregivers and more!

Stay Up to Date on AFA's Community Programming

AFA continues to host a wide variety of community programming. Whether it's educational webinars, community classes, therapeutic programs or professional trainings, you can learn more about our upcoming calendar of events by  clicking here .